Dreaming: The Prague Sessions
It's finally here, the release of my newest CD! The record features incredible performances by James Campbell on my clarinet concerto Dreaming of the Masters I and PJ Perry on my saxophone concerto Dreaming of the Masters IV. We recorded in Prague in May of 2019 with a 65-piece orchestra conducted by Raymond Baril, produced by Paul Johnston, and featuring Neil Swainson, Dave Laing, and Chris Andrew in the rhythm section.
Check out these two great new CD's that feature my work. Canola Bloom Yellow by Remi Noel, which has a couple of tracks I arranged and Reverence by Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet, which features my composition Morse.
I had an incredible trip to Russia where on March 16, 2019 the Ulyanovsk State Symphony Orchestra dedicated an entire night to my music. Works performed included; On the Shoulders of Giants, Always Be True, Shadows & Light and Dreaming of the Masters I.
April 3, 2020 Premiere of wind band version of Pipe Dreams, James Walker - flute with the University of Southern California Wind Band
April 22, 2020 Dreaming of the Masters IV, PJ Perry and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
May 3, 2020 Premiere of Concerto for Flute and Violin Alberta Baroque Ensemble
May 9, 2020 River City Big Band, Betty Andrews Recital Hall, Edmonton
July 6-12, 2020 New work for trumpet and wind band for Dean McNeill and the Edmonton Winds, premiered on their European tour
In the new year I will write a new work for trumpet and wind band to feature Dean McNeill with the Edmonton Wind's on their 2020 European tour.
I'm very excited to be adapting Pipe Dreams, the flute concerto I wrote for James Walker, for the University of Southern California Wind Band conducted by H. Robert Reynolds.
Finally, I have started work on a new musical/opera to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of MacEwan University. Vern Theissen will write the book and the Royce Varvek will be the librettist. We have purchased the rights to Guy Vanderhage's Governor General award winning novel The Englishman's Boy and Vern is busy working on the adaptation. The hope is to have a workshop this fall.